A country in crisis
Chad is the most underserved country in the Lake Chad Basin when it comes to humanitarian assistance.
Having scored 118 out of 119 on the Global Hunger Index, the situation in Chad is classed as alarming with 87% of the rural population living below the poverty line.
Along with its neighbouring countries, Chad has been part of a Multinational Joint Task Force working against Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group who reject all Western teaching.
But whilst Boko Haram attacks have been increasing in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, in 2017 the group’s presence decreased in Chad. This has encouraged the Chadian government to tighten its borders, limiting both refugee movement and humanitarian access.
As of February 2018, it is estimated that 500,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance and 157,000 have been forced from their homes within Chad.
Where is Chad?
Chad is a landlocked country on the edge of some the world’s most violent conflicts.
In the north, you will find the Sahara Desert, an astonishing expanse of dust and flowing sand dunes.
The south is dominated by the Sudanian Savanna – a belt of tropical grassland that stretches from Nigeria to Ethiopia.
The crisis in Chad is complex. As well as the conflict with Boko Haram, Chad is also playing host to Central African and South Sudanese refugees from the east, and Chadian refugees who are returning from the Central African Republic.
Due to the sheer scale of displacement and damage, we’re working with international aid agency, ICAHD (International Cooperation Action for Humanitarian Assistance and Development), to deliver aid in Chad.
Our main four areas of focus are to:
- Give families protection from extreme weather and violence
- Increase safety and security
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increase social cohesion between host communities and displaced families
As more and more families are still being forced from their homes by fresh outbreaks of violence, we must act. We must send life-saving aid to help those who have no one else to turn to.
A selection of the aid we’re distributing in Chad
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